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Hawaii Five-0 Review: A Matter of Trust

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And then there were three.

Alongside some averted terrorist events, fratricide and comingthisclose to finally getting to the bottom of the Doris-Wo Fat situation, "Aloha, Malama Pono (Farewell and Take Care)" also saw the team undergo a fundamental change. Due to the loss of Kono.

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But did it, really? Count me as skeptical that Kono is going to stay on the run for very long or that the actions of tonight's episode will have lasting ramifications.

Don't get me wrong - there were many things to like about the Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 finale, including some zingy Hawaii 5-0 quotes and a truly vicious murder for the crew to solve. But ultimately, the episode was about promising higher stakes than could be delivered.

I blame the Noshimuris. Through a season that gave us plenty of heinous baddies to watch the gang take down, Michael Noshimuri was something of a flat villain. Sure, he was capable of some heartbreaking works of staggering badness and the show worked overtime to give the battling bros all manner of exciting problems over the past few weeks.

But his plot never gained enough momentum to truly drive the show. And, honestly, he just didn't have that much charisma.

Hawaii Five-0 excels at creating the kind of bad guys that you just can't look away from (see: Fat, Wo). But Michael Noshimuri never quite got there for me. Even in his death scene, what should have been shocking violence between two brothers barely registered. And Hawaii Five-0 is certainly a drama that knows how to make the pain register.

However, so little was invested in the Noshimuri plot line - aside from Kono's well-being, of course - that to watch the brothers fight each other was a wasted opportunity. Unfortunately, over the course of the entire season, neither of the Noshimuris were able to summon up the charisma and character that Doris McGarrett can inject in a brief scene at the supermarket.

Yes, I was hoping this season finale would focus on Doris, and maybe take us a little bit closer to unearthing Mrs. McG's mysterious motives. And yes, I'm disappointed that I have to wait til the season premiere (if then!) to have all my questions about America's favorite post-menopausal ex-super-spy answered. Of all the plot threads that wove in and out of this season, Doris's was both the most fun and the most intriguing - and the case with the actual highest stakes. Which is probably why the show saved her story for another day.

I'm not going to offer a send-off to Kono because I don't imagine that we've seen Grace Park wearing body armor over a tank top for the last time (I mean, I hope not! For all of our sakes!).

But I can imagine a Hawaii Five-0 Season 4 where the show's shape has mutated into one that's 3/4 island crime-fighting and 1/4 Kono being an international (fugitive) woman of mystery. I'm not saying I'm lobbying for it, but I could imagine it. Some sumptuous helicopter shots of Shanghai at sunset, perhaps?

However, I'm more inclined to believe that Adam and Kono's jaunt will be coming to a close just around the time of the show's fourth season premiere - not only is it simpler, but having the 5-0 all in one place just makes for better TV. And so knowing that Kono's defection will only probably last the length of a summer hiatus lowered the stakes on that, too.

Not to say that I'm disappointed in the finale; season finales often have the thankless job of trying to tie up every single loose plot thread, come up with a few cliff-hangers to keep fans interested all summer and still make time to fit in a few commercials (my favorite was for Cascade, if you're keeping track - calm down about how clean the inside of your dishwashers are, you maniac-ladies!).

And so, in the grand scheme of season finales, this did a fine, serviceable job. I'm more eager to see next season than reeling from tonight's revelations, but perhaps that was the plan all along.

What did you think of the season finale? Do you think Kono will stay away for long? Who could be on the other side of that steel door?

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I have to say the finale was not a very good one there were two s/l going on that both seemed all over the place. The intro to catherines ex seemed pointless the keno s/l started off a few weeks good but the end seemed rushed and predictible. As for adam&keno send off if grace parks is gone (don't get me wrong i like her) then it was a cute end but if she returns next season then it was a pointless end. The story disb't need to end with them leaving and did nothing to push the arc forward and i would question what the point was.

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So this was a Kono centric finale? was Danny present more than 5 minutes?

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Well all I can say is this show is going exactly where it belongs – Friday nights. It’s still fairly entertaining, but in a cheesy, campy Friday night show kind of way. This finale pretty much sealed the fate for me. I love the characters so I’ll probably continue to watch when I’m home on Friday nights, but I’m not invested anymore. And what was with the 1 minute scene between Catherine and that guy? Are they setting that up to be a love triangle next season? Like, anyone will remember that? Ugh, just another gimmick to try to make Cath relevant.

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Huh? Turn up your hearing aid, John, so you can make sense of all the "mumbling".

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I have been an avid loyal fan of the Hawaii Five 0 series from the beginning, but just now i turned it off in mid-episode. WHO IN THE WORLD IS DOING YOUR SOUND MIXING! IT'S ATROCIOUS! THE MUSIC TRACK IS DROWNING OUT THE DIALOGUE TRACK AND I CAN'T HEAR A THING ANYONE IS SAYING, BECAUSE EVERYONE IS MUMBLING THEIR LINES! Plus the TIAKO DRUMS are booming at less than dramatic moments in the story development, and there is no relief from the overly dramatic synth textures RELENTLESSLY WHINNING away, no matter what is happening in the action. It is truly atrocious sound editing. PLEASE FIX IT! I want to keep watching this show. Thanks for taking my comments. JG